TCL, the Chinese conglomerate that produces phones under the BlackBerry name, is going to broaden its appeal to more than just keyboard devotees. The company has revealed to Engadget that it will launch a full touchscreen device under the BlackBerry name at some point in October. It may not be a Z10, or even a Storm (or Thunder), but if you were looking to get your mitts on a keyboard-free BlackBerry, it’s coming.
Mahieu feels bold enough to claim that he expects a number of iPhone and Galaxy users to “make the switch” to BlackBerry come October. Of course, these handsets now run Android, which means that it’s far harder to make it stand out from the crowd. Mahieu continues to believe that BlackBerry’s security know-how will enable TCL to deliver the “most secure Android phone in the world.” Although given the failure of so many ultra-secure Android devices to sell, his confidence seems — at least right now — misplaced.
But TCL is used to combating cynicism with people looking down their nose at BlackBerry in its new after-life as a white label brand. Mahieu said that users shouldn’t write off BlackBerry just because it doesn’t stand toe-to-toe against Apple and Samsung. “We are there to play,” he explained, “we’re just playing with different cards,” mostly by pushing its strengths of battery life, security and durability. As for pricing, it’s likely that the device will cost less than other flagships.
Of course, we’ve already seen a BlackBerry device with a large display unencumbered by a physical keyboard. The Priv hid its physical input device in its slider, and so could actually work as a phone for touchscreen devotees. And given how well that device sold — prompting BlackBerry to abandon producing hardware altogether — it’s going to be interesting to see how TCL can avoid history repeating.
TCL is banking on certified water and dust-resistance as a draw, and it’s not clear how many people were waiting for that as a reason to make the switch. But Mahieu is hinting that the company is “marching towards millions” of device sales, although it’s not clear how many models it needs to shift before it can be considered a success.
Biafra Zionists boasts of US support, plans parade May 30
BBNaija’s Ozo finally reveals his current love situation with Nengi (Video)
People are sending my dogs their account numbers — DJ Cuppy cries out
Jaruma reacts as Regina Daniels mother, Rita Daniels calls her “babalawo” in public (Video)
President Buhari’s Son-in-law Has Been Declared Wanted (Details below)
EXPOSED: Buhari’s Instructions To The Military In The South- East Will Shock You (Details below)
Baba Ijesa Finially Speaks For The First Time From Detention, This is What He Said (Details below)
JUST IN: Nnamdi Kanu Releases Another Photo Evidence Of New Buhari (Photos below)
- News2 days ago
BREAKING: Buhari to jet out of Nigeria on Sunday
- Celebrity Gossip & Gist1 day ago
Nigerians React As Omotola Jalade Shares Throwback Photos Of Herself & Actor, William Uchemba When He Was Still A Boy (Photos below)
- News20 hours ago
We are no longer part of Nigeria, We won’t have anything to do with them again – Sunday Igboho claims After South-west governors Support (Details below)
- News2 days ago
Reno Omokri Reacts As President Buhari Disowns Son-In-Law